Trinity’s grand sanctuary can seat 1,250 worshipers.
I first came to Trinity Lutheran Church last year, while on assignment for the ELCA and I fell in love with the congregation’s beautiful, 178-year-old historic building. I asked for permission to return and photograph the building and a couple of weeks ago I was able to do just that.
Trinity’s 181-foot steeple was erected in 1957.
Like a lot of churches recently, the congregation’s numbers have shrunk and most Sundays the grand sanctuary is empty while the congregation has service in a smaller chapel on the ground level.
Sunday service is held in Trinity’s smaller chapel.
It would be a cliche to point out that buildings aren’t made like they used to; but, they really aren’t. The stairwell leading up to the choir balcony wouldn’t ever have been used by more than a small percentage of the congregation. Still, the trim work around the window, door, and baseboard were given the same attention as in the rest of the building.
Beauty waits to be discovered at every corner.
I really enjoyed the time I spent at Trinity, both the Sunday I was happy to share service with the congregation and the morning I spent in silent reflection photographing the building. I felt that both the people and the spaces welcomed me graciously. I hope that the building can be preserved for many more generations.
The ceiling’s massive rosette is in perfect balance with the size of the grand sanctuary.
You can find more images from Trinity on my website.
Kristin and Scott, the owners of Breezy’s Cafe.
The best business ideas are born from realizing that there is something you yourself want and there is no one out there providing it yet. My friends, Kristin Wolak and Scott Harnish, were frustrated with the food choices in their neighborhood and decided to do something about it.
Kristin and Scott were also looking to make a career change, so it made sense to bring the kind of food they wanted to eat to Point Breeze, Philadelphia. And it seems to be a hit with their neighbors, the cafe has already moved to a much larger and better location a few blocks from its original spot!
Fred Muser is Breezy’s cook.
Breezy’s Cafe serves up local and all natural ingredients in responsible, biodegradable packaging, all in a colorful and quirky setting — my personally favorite touch are the board game table tops.
Breezy’s Cafe is located at 1200 Point Breeze Ave in Philadelphia.
Check them out on their website, and on Facebook.
Washington’s guard, Valley Forge Park
It’s been hard to get through this winter. It feels like no sooner do we get ourselves dug out from one storm the next one comes in directly behind it.
George Washington surveying the wintery scene at Valley Forge Park
To get my mind off of all the plans that this week’s weather is ruining, I decided to drive out to Valley Forge Park yesterday and have a short walk.
Washington’s Headquarters, Valley Forge Park
All in all, there have been worst winters — It was nice to get some perspective.
Props help create a purpose and direct action.
Prospective clients visit your website not just to find a way to contact you, but to learn about you and your staff. Many times it will be the first impression your business makes on that client.
Good head shots are important, but they don’t have to be your company’s only face.
Traditionally a company’s website might have a scrolling page of head shots with a short blurb with each person’s bio. This is very useful and efficient way of showing every member of staff. Presenting your staff only as a mosaic of smiling faces misses an important opportunity to communicate with current and prospective clients.
Let your clients put a face to the voice on the telephone.
Showing the “Team At Work” on your website communicates more than just competence, it can show your organization’s personality.
Reviewing paper work.
The trick to making these photographs successful is to make them feel as natural as possible. For these images I use minimal lighting that looks natural and allows the camera to move around the action, and ask the subjects to pretend it is a normal day and I am not there.
An improptu meeting on the street.
This last part can naturally be the largest hurdle because the normal work day usually doesn’t include a photographer, a photographer’s assistant, and flash bulbs firing. But, if I take my time, give them some props, some minimal direction, and let them talk about their work, people will fall into their normal banter and I can get the best images.
Clock tower ceiling of The Palace of Culture, Warsaw, Poland.
Sometimes it’s easy to ignore the ceiling. It’s always a good idea to look up when sightseeing, there might be a special visual treat the architects want you to notice.
Whether it’s a large landmark, store, restaurant, or someone’s home, somebody gave that oft ignored ceiling some thought.
Ceiling at a private residence, Poland.
Those small, or large details sometimes make for just as interesting a photograph as the front facade might.
Department store ceiling, The Hague, Neatherlands.